9 Oct 2012



Raise a glass for beer month

With the recently passed Bierfest acting as a teaser event to beer heavy times, better ready your liver for the next wave of fests; Jozi Craft Beer Fest, The Deutsches Oktoberfest, and Cape Town Beer Fest are all on the cards this October and November. Cheers!

In motoring news, Henrie Geyser reviews the new Chevrolet addition, the attractive Cruze Hatchback. Brain Berkman is impressed by the welcoming and comfortable 15-roomed hotel, St James in Morningside, and asks Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo GM, Fernando Gruenberg-Stern about the 10 things he loves about Maputo.

In movie news, Duan Wanty is greatly impressed by the wealth of talent in South African thriller Wolwedans in die Skemer, while Daniel Dercksen is delighted by quirky film Ruby Sparks.

Johann Smith interviews Gerald Clark, and reviews his debut album Black Water, as well as Iso's latest album, Piece By Piece.

Eugene Yiga reviews the profanity and laughter-filled theatre production,Champ, and Jordan Scott reports back on the equally humorous Race Card by Siv Ngesi.

If you were one of the thousands that rocked with them daisies, we hope good times were had and recovery has been swift, check out our #RTD2012 gallery.

Ruth Cooper, production manager (@biz_lounge)

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Jozi Craft Beer Fest
The Jozi Craft Beer Fest will be held on Saturday, 13 October, 2012, at Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Road, Emmerentia. There will be 21 breweries offering more than 70 different locally brewed beers, cider and spirits. Read more >>


Nifty hatches added to Cruze range
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Chevrolet has given its popular Cruze brand extra muscle in the shape of an attractive new hatch addition to its sedan range which will no doubt strengthen its grip on the highly competitive C segment of the local car market. At the same time, it has also added some extra power to its sedan engines and prettied the cars up with some fancy cosmetic surgery. Read more >>

Slight dip in new car sales
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The South African new vehicle market was down 2% on August but slightly stronger than September last year according to the National Automobile Association of South African (Naamsa). Read more >>


St James... Charm, comfort... and even the weather report
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] The St James on Venice is a 15-roomed hotel built into one of the many grand Morningside houses. The suburb has a leafy, old-moneyed feel about it and is also home to many embassies and The Kings House, the Presidential Residence. Read more >>

[10 Things I Love About...] Maputo
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel] Mozambique is a country rich in culture and unspoiled beauty. It is truly an up-and-coming destination for both business and leisure and the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's recent expansion into this fast-growing African paradise reinforces our investment into the continent. The ultra-modern Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo overlooks the Indian Ocean and is within easy reach of Maputo's bustling city centre. Read more >>


Wolwedans in die Skemer
[Duan Wanty] Finally we can say that a new era for South African films has dawned. These are exciting times - time to say goodbye to the slapstick, badly executed films that South African audiences have had to put up with until now. Read more >>

Make a new friend with Ruby Sparks
[Daniel Dercksen] Woody Allen has got competition! Having ruled the world of cinema since the 1970s with imaginative and fantastical fictional creations, Allen's serious opposition is playwright, screenwriter and actress Zoe Kazan, whose delightful fable Ruby Sparks is pure comedic genius. Read more >>


Isochronous: leaving time behind - " Piece By Piece"
[Johann M. Smith] The saying: "When America coughs, Britain catches a cold," can be extended to "and South Africa kaks it out". What's referred to as "influences" everywhere else, we often call "that place "they" stole it from." Seether and Nirvana. Fokkof and Alkaline Trio. The Plastics and The Strokes. Be a purist, call it postmodern trite, or blame it on Tweak for overdoing anything by Tom Delonge. It's the skeleton in the closet we drag on the wings of progress. And it's no different with Isochronous, who either love or detest a band called Mew. Read more >>

From Gerald Clark with love: A personal update
[Johann M. Smith] A month ago, Gerald Clark released "Black Water"; it came bearing more weight than any recent blues attempt from SA, primarily because the 13-track album was hallmarked with the public's official stamp of higher regard - because (as the public knows very well) it's the album that was launched the same night that Clark had to undergo surgery to remove a growth that was obstructing his vocal chords. Read more >>


The Champ is here
[Eugene Yiga] It's hard to find a good job these days. I guess that's why more and more people are taking whatever they can find. And while some of these temporary gigs might not be so bad, others are a living nightmare. Read more >>

Siv Ngesi - Race Card
[Jordan Scott] Two years ago, when I first started writing for BizCommunity, I had the opportunity to see Siv Ngesi live; this was back when not many people knew who he was and I had no idea how to write a review. But now, two years later, he has his very own show playing for two weeks at the Baxter Theatre and I'm a little bit better at writing reviews. (Well I hope so.) Read more >>

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